The trouble is with dogs is they'll go often after the snake stating the possible unfortunate confrontation. I've seen dogs that have attacked eat bees, scorpions and porcupines. I believe it's highly instinctual behavior.Must be a good year for snakes, 2 dogs have already been bitten in the Lake District
which is a bloody pailful place to be bitten I would expect, If you dog happens to be bitten
if you can carry it to the car and get it to a vet, some vets in the Lakes carry anti venom.
Interesting job: snake whisperer.
A snake, trapped on a city street, was rescued by a "snake whisperer" who stroked it under the chin".
The 1.5m-long boa constrictor was spotted at the entrance to a basement in Wellington Street, Gloucester, at about 14:00 BST.
It was reported to Gloucestershire Police, who called in city protection officer (CPO) Paul Cook.
He said the animal was frightened, and by stroking its "chin and belly" it relaxed, allowing it to be freed.
Stroke a Lizard under the chin and it calms right down - except for those big, sea going bastards up north.
I would like to see you try that with a Komodo dragon
Or as Sharon Stone's husband found out, when the bloody thing is trying to eat your foot then tickling it under the chin is probably the last thing on your mind...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/snake-fungal-disease-in-california.htmlThis Fungus Makes Snakes Look Like Mummies. It Just Turned Up in California.
A newly emerging disease infects snakes and causes their skin to crust, eyes to cloud and faces to swell — and now, a stricken serpent has been spotted in California.
This is the first case of "snake fungal disease" seen in the state, according to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The infected California kingsnake was found in the Sierra Nevada in Amador County by a member of the public who brought the "emaciated and suffering" animal to a wildlife care center. Tattered skin clung to the animal's warped face, making the cloudy-eyed snake look more like a mummy than a living creature.
As of yet, officials don't know how the disease might impact snake populations in California. Right now, their top priority is to make sure humans don't spread the fungus to snakes across the state.
There's no danger of humans catching the disfiguring snake disease, though. "There is no evidence that SFD is transmittable from snakes to humans," the report added. ...
Scientists first characterized snake fungal disease in 2008 and learned that a fungus called Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola causes the infection, according to CDFW. Since then, researchers have found the infectious organism in 30 snake species in the U.S. and Europe, 23 U.S. states and one Canadian province. Snakes can pick up the fungus through abrasions in their skin or physical contact with infected snakes. A severe infection causes the skin to become bumpy and molt repeatedly, while the affected snake's face may become too disfigured for the animal to feed properly. The weakened snakes tend to rest in open areas, vulnerable to the elements and nearby predators. ...
Both Varanidae, both venomous.
Thirteen snakes have been dumped inside a pillowcase featuring Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear.
A member of the public spotted movement and opened it to reveal the royal pythons, the RSPCA said.They had been dumped next to a bin behind Farringdon Fire Station in Sunderland on Thursday night. One of the snakes later died. The others are being cared for by a vet and will be moved to a reptile facility later.
An RSPCA spokesman said: "It's quite unusual for someone to have this many pythons and to abandon them in what appears to be a child's pillowcase."
Scientists Discover Bizarre New Mode of Snake Locomotion – “Nothing I’d Ever Seen Compares to It”
A team of researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Cincinnati have discovered a new mode of snake locomotion that allows the brown tree snake to ascend much larger smooth cylinders than any previously known behavior.
This lasso locomotion, named because of a lasso-like body posture, may contribute to the success and impact of this highly invasive species. It allows these animals to access potential prey that might otherwise be unobtainable and may also explain how this species could climb power poles, leading to electrical outages.
Researchers said they hope the findings will help people protect endangered birds from the snakes.
The study, “Lasso locomotion expands the climbing repertoire of snakes,” is published today (January 11, 2021) in Current Biology. ...
For nearly 100 years, all snake locomotion has been traditionally categorized into four modes: rectilinear, lateral undulation, sidewinding and concertina.
This new discovery of a fifth mode of locomotion was the unexpected result of a project led by CSU Emeritus Professor Julie Savidge aimed at protecting the nests of Micronesia starlings, one of only two native forest species still remaining on Guam. ...
Snake escapes in Cologne, 10 apartments evacuated
The Cape coral snake escaped a terrarium inside a Cologne apartment building, prompting a search by 20 firefighters with help from the local zoo. Ten apartments were evacuated as authorities sought the slippery suspect. ...
The small, young, but venomous, Cape coral snake (Aspidelaps lubricus) prompted 10 Cologne households to flee their apartment building before dawn on Monday.
"They were all tossed out of bed at 6 a.m.," a neighbor told Cologne's tabloid-style Express. "Their nerves are shot."
City authorities, deploying 20 fire and animal rescue personnel to search, said the terrarium's owner, who had permits to keep snakes — 12 in all — had noticed his 20-centimeter (7-inch) juvenile missing on Sunday.
Failing to find it, he then alerted the city's fire brigade, which in turn consulted with experts at Cologne Zoo during its response. ...
Sawdust to detect crawling movements and food traps had been laid, and the man's apartment had been sealed off, said the city. ...
Nature: Rattlesnakes' sound 'trick' fools human earsBy Matt McGrath
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Rattlesnakes have evolved a clever method of convincing humans that danger is closer than they think, say scientists.
The sounds of their shaking tail get louder as a person approaches, but then suddenly switches to a much higher frequency.
In tests, the rapid change in sound made participants believe the snake was much nearer than it was in reality.
The researchers say the trait evolved to help snakes avoid being trampled on.